Ervin Bateman to run for Dems nomination for Dare BOC

By on February 2, 2018

Ervin Bateman of Kitty Hawk has announced he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for an At-Large seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

He joins Republicans Ed Danko and Anne Petera in the race for seat currently held by Republican Jack Shea, who has not announced whether he will seek another term.

Bateman’s campaign released the following on Friday:

A sixth generation Outer Banker, he lives in the same neighborhood as his great-grandfather once did. Bateman and his wife of 44 years, Teresa, have one son, Jonathan. Bateman is a runner and cyclist, enjoys water sports and boxing and attends Liberty Christian Church.

As owner and operator of Sugar Creek Restaurant and Sugar Shack Seafood Market and Restaurant, Bateman provides jobs annually for over 100 employees and is in tune with the business community.

He has 25 years of public service experience in the Town of Kitty Hawk, as a member of the Planning Board and Recreation Committee, Town Councilman, Mayor Pro-tem and serving the Outer Banks Visitor Bureau.

Bateman is one of the proud co-founders of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, which has contributed $1.6 million to people throughout Dare County.

The foundation aids those facing debilitating disease or crisis. He is also a member of the original organization committee for the Outer Banks Marathon and co-founder of Outer Banks Sporting Events.

The marathon and other sporting events are significant contributors to our local economy and provide reliable sources of revenue for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and Dare Education Fundation.

Bateman is also a fundraiser for the Room in the Inn which is a non- profit church-based program that helps the homeless in Dare County.

As a grateful member of the recovery community, Bateman supports Dare Challenge, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, and is a member of the Saving Lives Task Force.

“Our people are the greatest asset in our community and we are losing too many of them to the opioid epidemic,” said Bateman.

“I want to be engaged in initiatives to make Dare County the best that a county can be and will work tirelessly for all the people of Dare County.” Bateman said. For the guy who owns the ditch and the guy who digs the ditch.”

Bateman is for good stewardship of taxpayer money, open roads and inlets, particularly Oregon and Hatteras inlets, our one billion dollar tourism industry, commercial fishing (he is a licensed fish dealer), beach nourishment, expansion of the College of The Albemarle for job training and trades, an Early College Program to earn college credits while in high school, establishing a Drug Rehabilitation Court in Dare County and open government.

He opposes offshore drilling and raising taxes.

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